Occupational Hygiene News (Dec 2020)

Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) workplace fume and dust extraction

HSE Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) eBulletin focuses on the key topic of competence. It includes details, and further links to guidance on the legal responsibilities associated with protecting your workforce, training employees, and purchasing LEV equipment.

Night shift work is associated with an increased risk of asthma

Shift work causes misalignment between internal circadian time and the external light/dark cycle and is associated with metabolic disorders and cancer.  

Setting the Bar for competence in the building safety sector

Setting the Bar, released on 5th October 2020, is the second and final report of the Competence Steering Group and is an update on the interim report, Raising the Bar, published in August 2019.

Professional drivers put at greater risk of cancer, says new research

The overarching aim of this IOSH report is to quantify the risk of harm to professional drivers in urban settings from exposure to diesel exhaust, allowing for the formulation of risk reduction strategies

How does HAVS impact the rail sector?

According to information submitted to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 (RIDDOR), 91 cases of Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) were recorded among UK rail professionals during 2018/19.

Pesticide poisoned French paradise islands in Caribbean

A pesticide linked to cancer - chlordecone - was sprayed on banana crops on the islands for two decades and now nearly all the adult local residents have traces of it in their blood.

BOHS responds to the latest HSE statistics calling for “Sustainable Workplace Health Strategies”

The Society is particularly concerned that despite years of effort to address respiratory illness, the decline in the number of deaths over the last decade has not been significant. Indeed, it points out that deaths from Interstitial Lung Disease are actually on the increase.

Respirable Crystalline Silica: The Facts 


Research from Imperial College London suggests that around 900 new cases of lung cancer each year in Britain can be attributed to past exposure to silica dust in construction, granite and stone industries, and various industrial processes.


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Silica: the next asbestos


APPG for Respiratory Health Report summary of recommendations - "Construction workers are still

100 times more likely to die from a preventable occupational disease than from an accident".


UK energy plant to use

liquid air


Work is beginning on what is thought to be the

world's first major plant to store energy in the form

of liquid air.




Sustainable development – balancing the well-being of our planet and people with continuing and more inclusive prosperity – underlie and lead the thinking of global policymakers. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set challenging objectives for us all.

A room, a bar and a classroom:

how the coronavirus is spread through the air

The risk of contagion is highest in indoor spaces but can be reduced by applying all available measures to combat infection via aerosols. Here is an overview of the likelihood of infection in three everyday scenarios, based on the safety measures used and the length of exposure.


Working Safely with 

Metalworking Fluid

Occupational exposures to metalworking fluids may cause a variety of health effects. Respiratory conditions include hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP), chronic bronchitis, impaired lung function, and asthma. 


Coronavirus National Restrictions (5 Nov-2 Dec)

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RIDDOR reporting of COVID-19

HSE has published guidance on when and how you should report coronavirus incidents under RIDDOR (the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013).

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Construction Fire Safety: Responsibility and Competence Matrix

The purpose of the matrix is to identify and outline the roles and the responsibilities of those involved in fire prevention on construction projects.

Tiny golden bullets could help tackle asbestos-related cancers

Gold nanotubes—tiny hollow cylinders one thousandth the width of a human hair—could be used to treat mesothelioma, a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

Manufacturing workers still being exposed to dangerous levels of air pollutants in the workplace

Up to 440,000 workers with health conditions that are worsened by air pollution are still being exposed to unhealthy levels of airborne hazards and pollution.

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